Protecting family budgets is a priority for the Scottish Government’s spending plans for the year ahead.
Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes set out a range of measures in the Scottish Budget to help support family incomes including:
“Wellbeing and fairness are at the heart of this year’s Budget. An important part of that is protecting incomes, tackling inequalities and providing high-quality public services.
“Our spending plans will also support low-income households which are being hit the hardest by the UK Government’s benefit cuts. Based on previous estimates, we expect to spend at least £1.4 billion to mitigate the worst effects of these cuts and tackle child poverty head on. Our Scottish Child Payment will also help lift 30,000 children out of poverty when it is fully rolled out in 2022.
“Our tax policies are the fairest and most progressive in the UK, with more than half of taxpayers paying less income tax in Scotland than if they lived elsewhere in the UK.
“We are also supporting first-time buyers with our residential land and building transaction tax (LBTT) policies meaning almost half of residential property transactions pay no LBTT at all.
“Under this fair and progressive tax approach we are able to raise additional revenue to invest in the delivery of first-class public services and policies including free school meals, our Pupil Equity Fund, delivering affordable homes and energy efficient measures.
“We are prioritising actions that have the greatest impact on improving lives across Scotland now, and creating the conditions that are required to ensure wellbeing for future generations.
“I hope Parliament recognises the importance of protecting family budgets in uncertain times and will work constructively with us to pass this Budget in the national interest.”